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, this legislation helps protect the polar sea and ice breaker based in seattle. it helps clean up tsunami debris hitting the west coast and it analyzes the potential of a tar sands super tanker in our waters off of washington state. in october of this year, i visited vigor shipyards in seattle where our heavy-duty ice breaker fleet is serviced. these sheupts are a debt ceiling at that time -- sheupts -- ships of a testament to america's shipbuilding prowess. they are a critical tool for the united states, for our economic security and national security when it documents arctic. you see the ice breakers mean jobs to washington state and that's why in this final package the importance of these ships, these ice breakers, the polar sea was in danger of being scrapped. there is no denying that we need to build a new icebreaker fleet for the future and for our navy arctic mission. but these specialized vessels will take up to ten years to build. so in the meantime, we want to make sure that u.s. companies can continue to do business and keep the arctic operational and running, and so it's very fitting
, and sister, who at the time, was 2 #, we traveled around the country, a big trip. we went to seattle and disneyland which was most important, and we traveled to kansas where my grandmother's family was from, and i went to chicago and went to yellow stone, and we took greyhound busses most of the time, and we rented cars and stayed at local motels or howard johnsons, and if there was a pool at a motel, even if it was tiny, i would be excited, and the ice machine was exciting, and the vending machine, i was really excited about that, but this is at a time when you didn't have 600 stations, 24 # hours worth of cartoons, and so at night, if the tv was on, it was what your parents decided to watch, and my mother, that summer, turnedded on the tv every night during this vacation and watched the watergate hearings. i can't say i understood everything that was being discussed, but i knew the issues were important. i knew they spoke to some basic way about who we were and who we might be as americans. so slowly, during the course of this trip, which lasted about a month, some of this seeped i
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